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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . .

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regarding a request for a shade sail at the playground at Lake Tuggeranong near the Learn to Ride Park, Mortimer Lewis Drive, Greenway.

Although there is no current plan to install a shade structure at this playground, there are a number of trees adjacent to the playground area, that provide shade over the playground. Two shaded picnic facilities are also available adjacent to the Learn to Ride facility and car park and an additional seat will be installed under the shade of the trees at the Learn to Ride facility by the end of April 2018.

In deciding which locations are the highest priority for shade structures, consideration is given to visitation rates and the length of visit to ensure the investment will benefit the greatest number of people in the local community. As a result, shade structures are usually installed over district park play spaces and some large centrally-located play spaces.

While it is not possible to provide shade structures at all 504 public playgrounds in the ACT, in hot weather families may choose to utilise one of the playgrounds where shade sails are installed. In the Lake Tuggeranong area, the playground at De Little Circuit off Mortimer Lewis Drive, Greenway has a shade structure and there is a large shaded playground located off Bartley Place on the opposite side of Lake Tuggeranong, adjacent to the skate park.

Thank you for raising this matter. I trust the information provided is of assistance.

Community facilities in Page—petition 10-18

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (10.02), by leave: I have presented a petition, signed by more than 150 Canberra residents in the Page area, calling on the Assembly to urge the ACT government to implement the following improvements: firstly, marking a designated pedestrian crossing across Burkitt Street, Page, near its intersection with Birrell Street; secondly, developing a walking path along Birrell Street between Burkitt Street and the park bounded by Knaggs Crescent and Birrell Street; and, thirdly, installing in this park benches and outdoor fitness equipment for older users, including shade structures for some of the benches, a swing set for preschool-age children, and a water bubbler.

According to the latest census, nearly 27 per cent of residents in the suburb of Page, which is located in my electorate of Ginninderra, are 65 years of age or older. This is more than double the average for the territory. Importantly, 8.5 per cent of residents are 85 years or older. Significantly, this is more than five times the territory's average.

Many of these older residents live in three retirement villages, all located next to each other in Burkitt Street—Ridgecrest Retirement Village, Villagio Sant' Antonio and Bill McKenzie Gardens. It is essential that public infrastructure in Page meets the needs of these seniors, who make up more than one-quarter of the suburb's population.

I remind the Assembly that the ACT government has already committed itself on paper to the very principles that have informed and guided the community-minded Page residents who generated this petition and oversaw its circulation. The current ACT active ageing action plan specifically emphasises improving seniors' "access


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